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Wolf spider at Brogo, NSW

Tasmanicosa sp. at Brogo, NSW - 6 Sep 2015

Identification history

Wolf spider (Lycosidae) Tasmanicosa sp. 5 Sep 2017 JackieMiles
Wolf spider (Lycosidae) Tasmanicosa sp. 5 Sep 2017 Paul Whitington
Wolf spider (Lycosidae) Tasmanicosa leuckartii 7 Dec 2016 KimPullen
Unidentified 21 Nov 2016 MaxCampbell

Author's notes

Suggest - Tasmanicosa leuckartii_Wolf Spider

7 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   7 Dec 2016
Your ID seems to be correct, Max. But I'll leave it in the genus Lycosa, only because it's that way in the AFD, see https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/38669cf8-a866-48ea-a165-c4459c714bb7 .
   5 Sep 2017
Hi Paul, It certainly has the union jack pattern as per p176 in Whyte and Anderson. The ones they illustrate all look pretty similar though, so I guess there's not much chance of getting it to species.
   5 Sep 2017
AFD now gives this species as Tasmanicosa leuckartii. (https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/Tasmanicosa_leuckartii). I'd advise listing it as Tasmanicosa sp. as Volker Framenau's website (www.lycosidae.info/identification/australia/firstpage.html) suggests that differences between it and other Tasmanicosa species are quite subtle and may not be evident in this single image.
   5 Sep 2017
I've managed to get a copy of the 2016 Framenau and Baehr revision of Tasmanicosa. Sighting records in that paper suggest that only two species are likely to be found in the ALCW region - T. leuckartii and T. godeffroyi. The closest that leuckartii gets to the coast in the south coast is around Bombala. So based on existing records, any Union Jack pattern spider found down here is probably T. godeffroyi. Easy to distinguish it from T. leuckartii in any event - the latter has a light patch in the centre of the opithosoma on the ventral side, whereas T. godeffroyi has a uniformly dark belly. On the dorsal side, both look the same.
   6 Sep 2017
Should be fun trying to get them to walk over a pane of glass for us!
   6 Sep 2017
Yes, Kerri and I have been discussing how to get that data! Your suggestion is a good one!
   11 Sep 2017
Having read some of the primary literature about identification of Tasmanicosa species (in particular the recent 2016 revision by Framenau and Baehr in Zootaxa 4213 (1): 001-082), I am confident that Tasmanicosa leukartii and Tasmanicosa godeffroyi are indistinguishable in dorsal view. The only caveat to that is that females of T. leukartii are significantly smaller than T. godeffroyi. So unless you have a ventral view of the abdomen or a high magnification view of the female epigyne or male pedipalps, you can't separate them. Having said that, there are no reports in the Framenau and Baehr paper of T. leukartii in the ALCW region, while there are many of T. godeffroyi. This is also evident when viewing ALA (http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:38669cf8-a866-48ea-a165-c4459c714bb7#overview compared to http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:021d3b5f-03c2-4c4d-94d6-1cea7c64f8e9#overview) - perversely they persist in calling the genus Lycosa!

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Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Brogo, NSW - 10 May 2019
Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Feb 2019
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Feb 2019
Phyllanthus gunnii (Shrubby Spurge) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Jan 2019
Geitoneura acantha (Ringed Xenica) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Dec 2018
Cynoglossum australe (Australian Forget-me-not) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Dec 2018
Macrolepiota clelandii (Macrolepiota clelandii) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Dec 2018
Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Dec 2018
Spergularia rubra (Red Sand-spurrey) at Brogo, NSW - 13 Dec 2018
Indigofera australis subsp. australis (Austral Indigo) at Brogo, NSW - 3 Sep 2018
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Aug 2018
Senecio linearifolius var. arachnoideus (Cobweb Fireweed Groundsel) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Aug 2018
Exoneura sp. (Reed Bees) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Aug 2018
Senecio linearifolius var. arachnoideus (Cobweb Fireweed Groundsel) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Jul 2018
Senecio madagascariensis (Fireweed) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Jul 2018
Senecio linearifolius var. arachnoideus (Cobweb Fireweed Groundsel) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Cassinia aculeata (Common Cassinia) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jun 2018
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Brogo, NSW - 3 Jun 2018
Rutilia sp. (Bristle fly) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jan 2018
Amyema pendula subsp. pendula (Drooping Mistletoe) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Aug 2017
Pandorea pandorana (Wonga Vine) at Brogo, NSW - 19 Aug 2017
Lamprolina sp. (Pittosporum leaf beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Dec 2016
Myrmecia piliventris (Golden-tailed bullant) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Dec 2016
Chrysocephalum semipapposum (Clustered Everlasting) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Nov 2016
Scaptia testacea (March fly) at Brogo, NSW - 11 Nov 2016
Tricoryne elatior (Yellow Rush-lily) at Brogo, NSW - 30 Oct 2016
Ozothamnus diosmifolius (White Dogwood) at Brogo, NSW - 28 Oct 2016
Urtica incisa (Scrub Nettle) at Brogo, NSW - 28 Oct 2016
Tasmanicosa sp. (Wolf spider) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Apr 2016
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Aug 2015
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Brogo, NSW - 5 Sep 2014
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Jul 2014
Villa sp. (Bee fly) at Brogo, NSW - 24 Feb 2014
Cinclosoma punctatum (Spotted Quail-thrush) at Brogo, NSW - 19 May 2013
Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (Spider ant) at Brogo, NSW - 21 May 2012
Backobourkia sp. (Unidentified Backobourkia orb weaver) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Feb 2011
Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider, Spiny Spider) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Feb 2011
Cryptocheilus sp. (Spider wasp) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Nov 2010
Lysimachia arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel, Blue Pimpernel) at Brogo, NSW - 21 Oct 2010
Eleale sp. (Clerid beetle) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2010
Myrmecia tarsata (Bullant or Bulldog ant) at Brogo, NSW - 17 Oct 2010
Nyctemera amicus (Magpie Moth, Senecio Moth) at Brogo, NSW - 1 Jun 2008
Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider, Spiny Spider) at Brogo, NSW - 27 Apr 2008
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Brogo, NSW - 8 Aug 2007
Acrida conica (Giant Slant-face) at Brogo, NSW - 4 Jan 2007
Suillus granulatus (Suillus granulatus) at Brogo, NSW - 20 Sep 2006
Melanococcus albizziae (Acacia Mealybug) at Brogo, NSW - 16 Nov 2005
Austrorhytida capillacea (TBC) at Brogo, NSW - 10 Apr 2005
Tasmanicosa sp. (Wolf spider) at Brogo, NSW - 14 Sep 2004

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.764960-36.575680
  • Places Brogo, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 6 Sep 2015 11:43 AM Recorded on
  • MaxCampbell Recorded by
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